04/19/2012 11:16AM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Pletcher may shift Gemologist's work

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Todd Pletcher has scheduled Gemologist’s first work since his victory in the Grade 1 Wood for Sunday morning at Palm Meadows but could be forced to call an audible and move the drill up at least one day with rain in the forecast for all of south Florida this weekend.

Pletcher also said he has yet to commit to a rider for El Padrino should the Risen Star winner make it into the Derby field. El Padrino, who is also slated to work Sunday at Palm Meadows, is 22nd on the graded earnings list. The top 20 entrants by graded earnings will be allowed to run if the Derby overfills, as expected.

“I’ve made some calls trying to see who might be available but we don’t have anybody lined up yet,” Pletcher said on Thursday.

Among the horses ahead of El Padrino on the graded earnings list is Triniberg, who is scheduled to work at Calder on Friday morning, after which his connections said they would make a final decision on whether to run him next in the Derby or the Derby Trial.

Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
Already , that should give Gemologist fans the FIRST CLUE that the Gem isnt what this Colt is all brought up to be come Derby Time . If a jockey doesnt know now how good a Colt is - that ought to tell ya something . Honestly Javier wants back on UNION RAGS . I have said this for well over a month now ( Gemologist ) will Not even complete the ( Superfecta ) reguardless what post position is drawn . Javier is really not a very happy camper at this point in time . If it wasnt for his Agent ; Javier would still be the rider for UNION RAGS . But the Agent got too greedy to early , and now Javier is more confused now than before , and does not sleep well at night - just thinking What - Could - Have - Been !
Maynard More than 1 year ago
Its a plus for El Padrino that he gets a new jock. The last race his jock seemed more worried about UR winning than El Padrino winning. Prado sounds good with Padrino.
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
Go Javier. The best jockey in America his first KD win paying $15. Gemologist from post 10. That's da prediction. So guys if he draws 10 that's a gift.
Anil More than 1 year ago
Gemologist is injured..... Not going to make the Derby. J. Castellano to ride El Padrino.
Lauren O'Neill More than 1 year ago
What? Where did you hear this from?
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
you can't listen to everything people say or take to heart of opinion . Some people use physic or mental games to get a thrill. you like who you like and that is all that matter !
Jay More than 1 year ago
Secret Circle is injured.
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
If I were u I wud say the same thing. ESP if u don't like him. But believe it or not that's the derby winner. The KD will make it 6/6 for gemologist. All ur doin is wishing an injury on the KD winner. It's gonna be a $55 with creative cause running a late second. A perfect rematch of there sire in da BC at Churchill in 02.